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Just did a quick check of the H-D site and the 2010 models are up. I'm sure the magazine embargo will be lifted shortly but here are the highlights:

The Road Glide is still with us as the Custom which means it's lowered I think. Not too happy about a lowered tourer.

The Fat Boy is back. Was it ever gone?

The Wide Glide is back.

Rocker is still with us.

The is now an Electra Glide Ultra LTD which includes a 103" motor instead of the 96."

The transmissions have a helical cut 5th gear to cut down on the gear whine that some have complained about. 6th already was helical.

Armchaps are now standard with each model.
 

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The Wide Glide looks pretty cool as ever though I don't care for 21 in wheels. That or the Crass Boons would be my pick. Or the XR1200....probably one of each actually.
 

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I'm suprised about the 2-1 exhaust on the RoadGlide and StreetGlide. If I were looking to replace my Kingpin it would be with a flamed Wide Glide.
 

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I'm suprised about the 2-1 exhaust on the RoadGlide and StreetGlide. If I were looking to replace my Kingpin it would be with a flamed Wide Glide.
That's the one alright. I like the exhaust but they should have ran it as a two into one like the original '77 Low Rider. I think that's the nicest looking pipe Harley has come up with
 

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That's the one alright. I like the exhaust but they should have ran it as a two into one like the original '77 Low Rider. I think that's the nicest looking pipe Harley has come up with
It had a really neat sound too, once you drilled it. I lucked into a brand new set of headers and muffler for my '77 about 5 years after I got it. It was very cool, but it only lasted about 8 years. The damn header pipes just started falling apart at the flanges and crossover, couldn't do much with them. I gave the parts to the Japanese guy who bought it to take home with him.
 

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I checked out the Buell site as well. WTF is up with the Blast? Is this some kind of out-there, in-your-face, x-treme marketing gimmick? I don't get the logic of referring to one of your bikes as an "end table", "door stop" and "boat anchor". Even if some new, improved Blast is coming, it doesn't seem wise to dis the old one. Why would a customer not think that you'll be trashing the bike you're trying to sell him now in ten years?
 

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Well, after watching the accompanying video, I'm certain Buell has lost their mind.

"Man, we really f'ed up building that boring POS. Sorry, suckers."

I've always thought the XB12R looked cool, and I'd get one if I made Buzglyd-level cash, but now I'm thinking that next year Buell might tell me what an agricultural lump it is.
 

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Well, after watching the accompanying video, I'm certain Buell has lost their mind.

"Man, we really f'ed up building that boring POS. Sorry, suckers."

I've always thought the XB12R looked cool, and I'd get one if I made Buzglyd-level cash, but now I'm thinking that next year Buell might tell me what an agricultural lump it is.
Apparently Eric Buell is now motorcycling's "Andy Warhol;" they are dropping the Blast from the model lineup because it makes them look like sissies, and the remaining stock is being smushed into blocks of scrap.

From the website:

The Buell® Blast was a cute little motorcycle. It just never made much of a sportbike. But, as luck would have it, it makes a killer ottoman. Or end table. Or art piece. Through an innovative process known as crushing, we've turned a limited number of Blasts into colorful metal cubes, each numbered and signed by Erik Buell himself. Hey, there's no denying the Blast's aforementioned cuteness. But there's nothing cute about racing or riding a sportbike the way it was meant to be ridden

I'll sell Klazy Ken autographed cubes of scrap metal for 30% less than Buell. YOU KLAZY YOU MISS DIS SAVING MONEY BIG BIG!!!

http://www.buell.com/en_us/bikes/blast/#
 

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Well, after watching the accompanying video, I'm certain Buell has lost their mind.

"Man, we really f'ed up building that boring POS. Sorry, suckers."

I've always thought the XB12R looked cool, and I'd get one if I made Buzglyd-level cash, but now I'm thinking that next year Buell might tell me what an agricultural lump it is.
If you made buzglyd-level cash the Dali Obama would take it away from you and give it to ACORN.
 

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Gee schiziki, I thought it was pretty damn funny. That crappy weather makes you New Englanders grouchy.
We get a sixth-month riding season here if we're lucky. This year's been a wash-out. I'm going out of my way to kick kittens.

But that has nothing to do with Buell's bad marketing. I don't think the guy who just bought a Blast is laughing.
 

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We get a sixth-month riding season here if we're lucky. This year's been a wash-out. I'm going out of my way to kick kittens.

But that has nothing to do with Buell's bad marketing. I don't think the guy who just bought a Blast is laughing.
Did anyone really buy a Blast?

I'd love to see the sales numbers on that baby.
 

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It's pretty dumb customer relations for sure but admitting that one of your models isn't so good is more refreshing than trying to tell the world that a bike with exploding rear hubs is the paragon of quality. Or that the broken frames are all customer caused.
 

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HD was supposed to outsource a starter bike from ATK, Rotax, Ohlins, etc.etc. but with the economy in the tank I think it got shelved.

So the HD starter bike is still a Sportster I guess...
 

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Did anyone really buy a Blast?

I'd love to see the sales numbers on that baby.
Yeah, a few people did. Most seemed to be very unhappy. There was one infamous owners website that trashed that little bike up, down, and sideways.

Frankly, the "redesigned" 2010 Buell Blast makes pretty good sense to me. That bike was meant to be the "Buell Sportster"--the bike that new riders graduate from when they buy a "real" Buell (or Harley, for that matter). It did more damage than good.

What you're seeing a not-so-subtle repositioning from "America's innovative, quirky, sporty roadbike," to "America's (serious) sportbike." I'd be willing to bet a significant sum of money that this is all part of H-D's youth (buyers) movement and a significant strategy shift. Looks like they're getting more serioius about Buell (now give them their own stores). The Blast doesn't fit, probably never did.

P.S. Notice the new Buell logo. Much more purposeful. I think I like it.
 
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